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We know, we know: You’re probably not thinking about what you’re going to wear the rest of the month right this minute, because odds are you’ll be in a bathing suit all weekend long. But, once post-July 4th weekend hits, you will have to get fully-dressed — and in 80 to 90 degree heat, no less. The funny part about needing to figure out said outfits in said weather, though, beyond the fact that it’s hot and sticky and really, really humid, is that most warm-weather clothing items are actually quite divisive. Capris, shorts, wearing a bathing suit as a top. It takes a fashion risk-taker to really go all-in.
If you don’t feel like you’ve hit your peak summer style potential just yet, allow the 31 outfits ahead (one for each day of the month) to provide enough inspiration for all of July. There’s daywear, evening wear, office-appropriate combinations, and pieces that are pretty much meant for partying. Time to get creative (and stay cool in the process).

1). Find out if a pair of jeans fits without a trip to the dressing room.

Ready for a mind-blowing fashion hack? According to Lauren Edelstein, Style Director at Shopbop, all you need to do to determine whether or not a pair of jeans will fit is to wrap the waist around your neck — if the ends meet without overlapping (or stretching), they’ll fit your waist. “The neck trick is one I was skeptical about, but it really works!”

2). Make any outfit look great with just three key pieces.

Hate complicated fashion trends that only seem accessible to models and actors? It takes just three items to make literally any outfit look great, according to The Ambitionista’s Heidi Nazarudin. “A face-flattering pair of classic sunglasses (preferably black), a gorgeous everyday leather handbag, and a smart pair of shoes you can easily walk in.”

3). Test the waters of a bright color via lipstick or accessories first.

Anyone can wear patterns and bright colors — but if you’re afraid of them, Nazarudin recommends wearing them as an accessory before you invest in a clothing item: Instead of trying on a bright citron-colored blouse, you can go for a cuff or bracelet, or even a lipstick.”

4). A cowboy accessory can take the place of traditional jewelry.

Neckerchiefs can take the place of a statement necklace if you want a warmer alternative to jewelry accessories for fall and winter. “They’re bold, bright, and eye catching, too, but feel a little more special,” says Edelstein. “And bonus points if you pick a vintage one!”

5). Weigh down a light scarf with earrings.

Secure a pair of gold vintage clip-on earrings to weigh the ends of a lightweight scarf down. “It creates a really rich and wearable accessory,” says Yraola.

6). Maximize your shoe collection.

Want a pair of shoes you can wear all year round, no matter
the occasion? A pair of pointed-toe black pumps are essential, says Edelstein —
they’re seasonless, crazy flattering, and you can where them with absolutely
anything.

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